Throughout my undergrad studies in psychology, I took various courses on perception, motivation, mental health disorders, and neuroscience to name a smidge of them. I found them extremely intriguing, how the brain processes information and uses that data to build a unique perception of the world around us. I wrote numerous research papers on Schizophrenia and the effects caused by the disorder.
When I first began writing Essence and the concept of Essence Voyager Era (EVE) I had to find a way to make the series plausible. In order to do so I had to link it with something common yet well hidden at the same time. Thanks to my social psychology professor, we had been enlightened to the obvious decline of the familial structure. Things that we think of as commonplace, such as divorce and distance amongst families were unheard of a mere fifty years ago. I pulled my research from the wide array of training throughout my undergrad studies and combined it with the often humorous antidotes brought about by my three teenage children and the constant presence of their many friends.
Utilizing all my resources, my series theorizes that with the inherited gift of EVE the individual possess the ability to live parallel lives on two separate planes of existence. Jocelyn discovers that throughout childhood and early adolescence, a barrier remains intact at the conscious level to prevent awareness of the other life from crossing each other. However, during late adolescence to early adulthood, the barrier between the two worlds begins to disintegrate causing the auditory and visual hallucinations of their other life to break into conscious awareness of which she experiences herself. These classic symptoms once recognized by a family member(s) who also have the gift, were throughout history, then guided by that family member(s) to adjusting to the disintegration of the barrier and full conscious awareness of living dual existences. Unfortunately with the decline in extended familial structure, family member(s) with the inherited gift are more often than not no longer present when the symptoms appear and therefore the individual is diagnosed with schizophrenia.
As the series progresses further information is shared and unveiled amongst extended family members. Hypothesis related to evidence hiding in plain sight are brought to light by an unlikely individual whom no one realized had the gift as well. It brings about new light and opens a whole realm of possibilities as to where the EVE series can venture and hopefully entice my readers.